For what he says will be his third and final album, THE DREAM is very much all wrapped up in love. Judging by his whirlwind courtship of singer Christina Milian, their nuptials and new baby, there’s no wonder why “Love King” has his romantic, sexual and sensual side shining through the new effort.
In true Dream fashion, the title track is simple, fun and tailor made for the radio, as he brags about the plethora of women he has in various places (here’s hoping life isn’t imitating art). Intertwined within the maze of catchy tracks like the T.I. assisted “Make Up Bag,” in which Dream flexes his financial worth and how it relates to keeping a woman happy; by of course showering her with gifts. The story of “Nikki Part 2,” unfolds down a road suspiciously similar to that of his first marriage to singer Nivea, but the production, writing and delivery mesh so well the lyrical inspiration is unimportant. “Abyss” is the pit of bottomless heartache following a love let down. Refreshingly, this sad song is paired with a “trippy” beat and quickly transforms into a celebratory release of a venomous relationship rather than remorseful reflection.
On the sensual side of things “Sex Intelligent” (and the accompanying remix), is a different spin on self-assurance between the sheets. Unfortunately, Dream makes a cardinal mistake by trying his hand at rapping but redeems himself with up-tempo dance tracks like “Yamaha.” Ironically the bonus tracks seem to be among the least appealing songs on the album. “Take Care of Me,” is both melodically and instrumentally confusing “Priceless,” couldn’t be more worthless, and “Sorry” is downright ridiculous.
“Love King” is very much on the straight and narrow side of Dream’s usual music. Since he and his music partner Tricky Stewart have created their own signature style, there’s little room for disappointment because what you’re used to getting is exactly what you will receive. He never tries to step too far out of his vocal range and sits comfortable within what some may see as a hindrance but what he uses as an advantage. Null of any explosive standouts like his previous “Shawty Is A 10,” or “Rockin’ That Thang,” this third offering provides a suitable bookend to a solo career that has allotted him a deserved position on the music charts. That is, if he is really retiring and we doubt he is…